Depending on the type of emergency, you may need to take a different action. For instance, if a grass fire is threatening your home, you may need to evacuate. If a dangerous person is in your neighborhood or there's a hazardous materials incident, you may need to shelter in place.
It's important to sign up for your city and county's emergency notification system, so you can receive important alerts to help keep you safe. Additionally, first responders in the field will do their best to notify you if there is a threat to your neighborhood.
If you feel unsafe, though, don't wait for a notification. Take action to keep you and your family safe.
Types of Emergency Actions
Shelter in Place
- Stay inside
- Close and lock your doors and windows
- Shut down your HVAC system is air quality is impacted
- Wait for information from first responders before leaving your home
- Get your "go kit" and leave your home
- Know multiple ways out of your neighborhood in case one exit route is blocked
- Develop and practice your family's fire escape plan
- Obey evacuation orders and do not return to your home until the authorities lift the evacuation order
- Go to a designated evacuation center or a safe meeting place that your family has planned for reunification
- Notify family members of your location and safety. Text messages may go through more easily than phone calls during a large-scale emergency.
- Mark yourself "safe" on social media if you use those platforms.
- Communicate with your employees if you own or manage a business
Following an Emergency
Whether you have been impacted by a tragedy or your community has, the recovery process can be a long one. You are not alone. There are resources to help you, and there are avenues for you to help others.
Following a disaster, many want to donate items for victims to have. However, rarely can organizations and cities take in and process all the physical donations. The best way to help others following a disaster or tragedy is to make a financial donation to an authorized and designated fund and to volunteer through your local volunteer organizations.